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18 April 2010 @ 12:14 pm
Doctor Who "Victory of the Daleks"  
Reading around on LJ last night & this morning, and seeing comments from else-web too, it looks like I (and J) are totally out of step with the rest of the people who watched Doctor Who last night. I thought it was kinda fun - a lot of stuff that probably shouldn't be thought about too deeply (if at all) but kept me entertained at the time. And it seemed to do some important work in terms of the longer term storyline, too.

Fun bits included the spitfires in space - yes, yes, I know all the ways that was totally not realistic, but ... spitfires in space? Shooting laser bolts? How is that not awesome? Another Star Wars reference with that scene too. Also the Doctor threatening the Daleks with a jammy dodger and getting away with it, till the new Daleks came online. And wasn't the 5 colours of the new Daleks an iMac reference, I've not seen much mention of that? Made me giggle anyway - they're better coz they come in 5 different colours, which one will you choose? And I bet they have coloured accessories too! Gotta be better!

Things that didn't work really were it felt cluttered, talking to J this morning we were thinking you could list a whole bunch of elements of the story but it wasn't clear what was the main "point" of it. The bomb bit was also not well explained or done or something - I think I can see what it was doing thematically, but it didn't work on the surface level which is also a crucial element of any scene. (God, don't I sound pretentious, but I can't think of any other way to phrase it and say what I'm trying to say.)

In terms of the longer story arc we had quite a lot of juicy stuff here, I thought. The Doctor was late, again. I know he has form for this, but it's been a consistent "thing" so far in this season so I'm assuming it has greater significance for the story ;) Amy doesn't remember the Daleks dragging Earth off for their nefarious schemes, and unlike Donna with her "I was scuba diving" type reasons Amy doesn't even seem to know she's missed anything (Donna after all knew people were talking about weird things happening, she just didn't believe it). Theories I've seen around & about on the internet include strangeness with time around Amy & her home (the badge Rory was wearing in the first episode was dated as issued in 1990, but he's too young for that if the "present" time of that show was 2010ish as the tech would suggest, as another example of that - though of course that's reading the tealeaves, could be a production mistake etc); or a parallel universe & the cracks are to do with the "real" universe breaking through coz of the Doctor's presence there in the wrong one. The crack actually appeared at the end, didn't it? I can't remember for sure if we saw that wall before the very end. But are they (her? him? both?) scattering the cracks as they travel, causing their own problems?

So, not the best episode ever. But kept me entertained & kept the story going on. And it's brought back the Daleks so they don't have to keep going "you thought you'd destroyed us but no! one single one escaped!", hopefully anyway :)
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narenek on April 18th, 2010 12:17 pm (UTC)
Enjoyed the episode, but it did feel a bit lacking in drive.

Spitfires in Space were amusing enough, but for a dreadful moment I thought we were going to have an Independance Day ending which would have pushed the episode firmly over the edge.

New daleks (variously seen refered to as Power Ranger Daleks or "The Big Gay Rainbow of EVIL") seemed to be lacking something (though not in the backside department, bustles appear to be in the in Dalek fashion accessory this year). With luck they will lose some of their "Only the Doctor can stop us" power level, they were more scary when the threat level was a couple of notches lower. For the past few years they've just been so powerful that if the doctor didn't defeat them the world/universe/time would end and so he had to win, took some of the suspense out of it.
contents under pressure / handle with care: entertainment - sci-figraphxgrrl on April 18th, 2010 06:08 pm (UTC)
I agree that the Daleks have become a lot less menacing. And frankly, as a designer, I'm underwhelmed by the new design. Bigger is not better, and the execution of the different models just makes me go "Meh."

Overall for me, while I enjoyed the episode, and really enjoyed the concept, overall execution was just not as good as I'd hope.
magidmagid on April 19th, 2010 01:32 am (UTC)
Just got caught up (saw the first three episodes of the season tonight), and this one did feel rather silly, though everyone liked the Spitfires in space, however ridiculous it was. I kept wondering when Jack was going to show up :-). Oh, and you'd think that Daleks are the kind of tech that would shrink rather than expand over time, so you could pack more of them into a given space. The iDalek thing is just silly. (I was fascinated by the tame Daleks' wearing of belts with pocketses they couldn't use.)

We also agreed that the crack at the end of this episode was gratuitous and shouldn't have been done. For last week's episode, it already felt like it was perhaps too much, but this really was; it didn't even fit anywhere, just tacked on at the end. I expect a bit more subtlety than that.